Welcome to CAAMFest 2019!


On behalf of the staff of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), greetings and congratulations on being selected to screen your film at CAAMFest 2019! We look forward to working with you these next few months. Please review the information and fill out the confirmation form and publicity questionnaire as soon as possible. Even if all the information requested is not yet available, it would be incredibly helpful to us to know as much as possible right now. When you have updates and additional information, please keep us in the loop. Thanks again.


Masashi Niwano
Festival and Exhibitions Director

Every year, CAAM proudly presents CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival). CAAMFest is recognized as the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco and Oakland. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. In 2018, the festival welcomed over 33,000 participants, including over 250 filmmakers, artists, musicians, culinary creatives, and industry professionals from around the world.

One of the most valued Festival experiences is for audience members to meet with the filmmakers and talent in person. The CAAM Staff are eager to assist with hotel booking and travel inquires. For feature-length productions, we will work to financially support travel assistance for one representative. Our Guest Services Coordinator will contact your team in March 2019.

Accredited guests will receive complimentary tickets for their own production and up to 3 additional tickets per day. Accreditation also includes entry to many special events and festival parties.

We are thrilled to present films & new media projects throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco and Oakland. Our primary venues include Castro Theatre, AMC Kabuki 8, New People Cinema, Roxie Theater, Landmark Piedmont Theater and Asian Art Museum.

CAAMFest offers a plethora of awards for features and shorts. Awards are announced during the festival, except for the Audience Awards, which are revealed the week after.

Past awards include:
    • Comcast Narrative Feature Award
    • Documentary Feature Award
    • Emerging Filmmaker Award
    • AT&T Student Film Award
    • SF Film Critics Award
    • Audience Award: Best Narrative Feature
    • Audience Award: Best Documentary Feature
    • Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary

In 2018, CAAMFest was supported in part by the following: Xfinity, AARP, Asian Art Museum, Boba Guys, Buick, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. CAAM is supported with major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit www.caamedia.org

General Information
Confirmation Form
Publicity Questionnaire